Bria Deveaux signs with Nebraska
Bahamian swimmer Bria Deveaux has joined the impressive list of recent Baylor School swimmers moving on to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I programs.
The third-year Baylor swimmer signed a national letter of intent Tuesday night to go to Nebraska next year. A freestyle sprinter and butterfly specialist, she’s already been part of Baylor girls’ teams that have finished first, second and third in the annual national high school rankings. She said the Chattanooga campus “is like my home now – it’s very homey here,” and she similarly thought the Nebraska team seemed “like a family” in her mid-September visit.
“The team all got along well, and Nebraska had everything I was looking for in a school,” said Deveaux, who enjoyed the excitement of the Lincoln campus the weekend the Cornhuskers beat Washington in football.
She also visited Connecticut and Idaho. Her coach in The Bahamas swam for Baylor coach Dan Flack, so that connection helped when she was choosing a United States prep school, but she said swimming was only “50-50” in her decision.
“She’s gotten consistently better each year to the point that she’s been All-American two years in a row for us,” Flack said. “She was able to go back and win the gold medal in the 50 butterfly in the Caribbean Championships this year, and she also qualified for the World Junior Championships in Peru, which is a big deal. We’re expecting her to have a significant impact for us in her senior year.”
Deveaux is a two-time high school All-American at Baylor
Boarding School. She won five medals at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships this year – one gold, two silver and two bronze. She won gold in the 15-17 Girls 50m Fly in 29.40 seconds, struck silver in the 100m Fly in 1:06.15 and 100m Free in 59.41 seconds, and bronze medals in the 200m Fly in 2:30.46 and as a part of the 15-17 Girls 200m Free Relay Team (1:54.80). Deveaux also qualified for the World Junior Championships in Peru this year.